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A Sermon on Hebrews 11:13

These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. (ESV)

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Today, we are confronted with a choice. Will we go with the world or will we go with God? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones examines men of faith in Hebrews 11:13. He displays that each of them were, first, confronted with this choice, and second, believed God. The world is under the judgement of God. When this is realized, the Christian runs out of the City of Destruction as fast as he can. He sees the world for what it is. He sees himself for who he is. This man can no longer remain in this old life of sin. He leaves the world and goes with God. Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that this man runs out of the doomed world by faith, believing the promises of God. For the believer today, this means trusting God with complete assurance that Jesus Christ died on the cross for one’s sin, and that He was raised to give new life. The Christian now despises his former life of sin and wants nothing to do with it. He no longer lives for the wicked world, but lives for God. This is what it means to become a Christian – to be justified by faith.

Additional Scripture Translations

Hebrews 11:13, New American Standard Bible

13All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen and welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.

Hebrews 11:13, King James Version

13These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.